The Key to Fear by Kristin Cast
To health. To life. To the future.
A dystopian novel set in a world where touching is forbidden, books are banned and The Key governs.
Elodie obeys The Key. Elodie obeys the rules. Elodie trusts in the system. At least, Elodie used to…
Aiden is a rebel. Aiden doesn’t do what he’s told. Aiden just wants to be free. Aiden is on his last chance…
After a pandemic wiped out most of the human race, The Key took power. The Key dictate the rules. They govern in order to keep people safe. But as Elodie and Aiden begin to discover there is another side to The Key, they realise not everything is as it seems.
Rather than playing protector, The Key are playing God.
Book Review by Kelly Lacey
I was really intrigued by the pandemic aspect of the book. We are told at the start that a pandemic wiped out most of the human race. Then the Key took power and they made a plethora of rules that people must obey. As I have been living in a real-life pandemic these past few months in my own life. It was surreal and honestly a little freaky to see the comparisons in a book. But it was also somewhat refreshing because it has been the reverse with other books. It has been hard to connect as the characters go out for dinner and hug etc.
The two main characters in the book are Elodie and Aiden. Both assigned roles in the same building in different departments. When their worlds collide it has catastrophic results.
I really liked Elodie, she is smart, engaging and I love how she looks up to a fictional character. Us readers can all relate to being in awe of our favourite book characters and at times thing what would such and such do. Aiden is a cheeky chap with a free spirit. He is on his last role placement before he would have to go to “rehab”. When he is sent to the morgue he is freaked out and so would I be if I was in his shoes. There is deepness to Aiden that is beautiful. I think he sees past the fear that everyone else has and sees the beauty in the world again.
This book is perfect for YA and upwards if you enjoyed The Eve of Man and Divergent style reads then don’t hesitate to buy The Key to Fear. I cannot wait for the next book in the series. Kristin Cast has a way of creating memorable characters and I really think this series has a lot of potential.
Thank you to to the Head of Zeus team for me a gifted copy. All my opinions are honest and my own.
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